Graduate Education Managers Network
A forum for sharing information and expertise in developing effective practices in the management of postgraduate education and research
The Graduate Education Managers Network (GEM) warmly invites new colleagues to join its community.
As a Graduate or Doctoral School Manager, Doctoral Training Partnership, Centre for Doctoral Training Manager or similar, you are eligible to subscribe to the network.
What we do
The network runs 6 meetings per year:
- 3 free-to-attend online‘town hall’ meetings based on current challenges faced by the community
- 1 thematic online seminar where we take a deep dive into an issue across an afternoon of discussion and debate
- 1 face-to-face workshop, which provides a confidential and collegiate setting in which to share challenges among colleagues
- A symposium at the UKCGE Annual Conference in the summer.
Alongside the personal benefits to members from learning from one another’s experiences, network discussions also inform the Council’s strategy, priorities and good practice guides.
See, for example:
Everyone needs to grapple with the multiple and changing agendas in the Higher Education sector in ways that suit their local priorities. This network is an opportunity to support colleagues to take some time to understand these agendas and how they impact their local policies and practices and think beyond operations.Mary Beth Kneafsey, co-chair UKCGE GEM Network
The Graduate Education Managers’ Network has been a huge help in how I think about issues affecting my institution.Ross English, University of Brighton
Who runs the network
Mary Beth KneafseyCo-Chair, UKCGE GEM Network | PGR Strategy Manager, University of Glasgow
Mary Beth’s role is to work with the VP (Research) and Deans of Graduate Studies Committee to drive the development and implementation of strategy and policy relating to PGR students. This includes leading the Postgraduate Research Service, representing PGR interests in committees and working groups across the University and acting as a liaison between the University and external funders.
Kerri GardinerCo-Chair, UKCGE GEM Network | Head of the Postgraduate Research Office, University of Cambridge
Kerri has been involved in PGR student matters for many years in various roles, firstly at the University of Southampton and for the past eleven years at the University of Cambridge. Kerri’s role involves having an overview of all matters relating to PGR students and related supervisor matters and to facilitate coordination and sharing of best practice. Kerri advises senior staff on PGR strategy, policy and initiatives and her office shares responsibility for quality assurance of PGR courses and compliance with OfS and UKRI conditions.
Rachel Van Krimpen | Doctoral Training Partnership Manager (BBSRC and NERC) | University of Nottingham
Dr Ross English | Manager of the Doctoral College | University of Brighton
Carolyn Wynne | Doctoral College Manager | Coventry University
Paul Roberts | Head of Business Engagement | University of Sussex
Laura Lane | Graduate School Manager | Imperial College